The First Season

DVD - 2013
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A contemporary take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Sherlock Holmes investigates crimes in modern-day New York City as a consultant to the NYPD and is assisted by Dr. Joan Watson, a former surgeon, who is hired by Holmes' wealthy father to help keep the eccentric detective sober.
Publisher: Hollywood, California : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2013
ISBN: 9781415768808
Characteristics: 6 videodiscs (ca. 1038 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
laser optical, NTSC
video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda


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Aug 25, 2017

Excellent take on the Holmes/Watson genre. I was immediately hooked!

Aug 09, 2017

This is a nuanced and truly well-considered rendition of Sherlock Holmes for long-form television.
Beginning with a deeply flawed and often unlikeable Sherlock Holmes, troubled by addiction, the series develops and allows him to grow beautifully. He's brilliant--but that doesn't excuse him from learning to be a better person. Joan Watson comes with her own baggage, and is in Sherlock's life against his wishes--but also proves to be someone he needs. She proves herself to be a worthy partner in investigation, with highly trained skills of her own as a former surgeon.
They solve cases together, at first unwillingly, but that never sidelines their stories as people who have issues to deal with. As they stay friends without a romantic involvement, their relationship reflects their growth as people, and that's one of the best elements of the show's on-going story.
Never flinching at showing the pain of recovery from addiction (and depression), this show grapples with elements of the literary Holmes in the modern world so it's an inextricable part of the story, and gives a deeper humanity to all the characters than any treatment in media I've seen. (Laurie R. King's Mary Russell series does a similarly great job in a historical fiction context.)

May 25, 2017

As a fellow fan of anything Sherlock Holmes (and grew up on the Sherlock Holmes stories at the tender age of between 5-6) and have seen many different versions of Sherlock media...I can tell you that out of all that I have seen, 'Elementary' is one of 'THE' WORST versions of Sherlock Holmes, I have ever seen.

Here's my reason why:
(with a little back story)

My Grandfather (who introduced me to Sherlock) watched one episode for about 10 minutes and quickly changed it to law&order, saying that he 'couldn't stand to watch another of that idiot stupid trash.'
After asking him his reasons why he didn't like it, I thought he was acting a little out of extreme, so I ordered the first season and gave it a go, to see what the fuss was about. (thinking it probably wasn't gonna be that bad...)

Boy, was I wrong on that.

The first episode was a nightmare to get through. Jonny Lee Miller was so cringe worthy every time he spoke and tried to be Sherlock, but it was so awful that I couldn't look at the screen (and resorted to sewing felt cloth for a project instead). the backstory they had for this version's Sherlock felt like every high school drama cliche put together.
And don't get me started on Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. A female (genderbend) Dr. Watson, are you kidding me? When I heard that they were gonna do a female Watson, I thought it was a joke. But when they episodes aired and they were serious, I got sick to my stomach. Her acting is so bland and stiff, that it was close to watching paint dry (that might actually be a lot more better to watch than this).

the acting is stiff and bland in some parts, the costumes for the characters are so trying hard to ripoff the BBC version (dark coat and scarf? sound familiar? -cough, cough- BBC Sherlock -cough, cough-),the writing for the episodes is just awful and at 5 terrible episodes watching, took out the dvd and returned it back to my library.

If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes or any good crime drama, do not, I repeat DO NOT watch this time wasting, unworthy piece of nothingness. skip this, if you can and watch something better, but not this.

how they continued this for four seasons, I will never understand...

Dec 20, 2015

I attempted this series out of sheer curiosity, and also based on the generally positive reviews out there. S.H. in NYC, and Dr. Watson played by Lucy Liu? Eh... However, putting aside my preconceptions, this is an entertaining, unorthodox take on the famous detective we know so well. I find 'Elementary' very entertaining.

xaipe Sep 06, 2015

For those wondering why overseas movies and series are so much better than American, this series serves as an excellent example of the latter. The pilot was probably presented at such breakneck speed to fit into the allotted time slot + commercials. Brit Jonny Lee Miller lends a sniff of credibility to the Sherlock franchise. Aiden Quinn as slow-witted NYC cop is working way below his pay grade, and Lucy Liu is, well, Lucy Liu. The producers undoubtedly saved a lot of money on the production staff, script writer, and director and it shows. Who watches this stuff enough to rate several season's renewals?

Mar 09, 2015

Caution: Slap on head/pink slip to VPL staff who apply tags to DVDs so carelessly that discs are unbalanced, causing them to vibrate noisily and, in many cases, rendering them unfit for viewing! At least one disc is implicated in this set as of March 9/15. Demand disgorgement of hold fees when this happens.

As to series, unexpectedly excellent. Writing, casting and acting of two leads and editing first-rate; music, Watson's costumes dreadful. Finally, a cast of characters one might actually like to meet.

covenhouse Sep 25, 2014

Surely the weakest of the modern Sherlock reinterpretations, "Elementary" would have been more honest to simply market itself as a show with a quirky investigator (much like Columbo or Monk) rather than as anything resembling canon. The leads, despite the earnest attempts to infuse them with personality on the parts of the actors, are written with a humourless, workmanlike dialogue, devoid of personality, that refuses to win over even the most fannish of Holmesians (me).

The mysteries are too often easily solved within the first few minutes of the show, and the uncomfortable tendency to force the opposite-gender leads into some sort of romantic relationship feels forced and awkward. (One has to wonder when greater friendship and tenderness is created by Jude Law and Robert Downey, Jr., let alone Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.) Even the supporting cast is lackluster, when compared to any of the other Holmes franchises-- watch one episode with Sherlock's Gregson, Molly, or the wonderful Mrs. Hudson, all brimming with personality, and then slog through an entire season of Elementary for one whiff of a similar delight-- which you will then be denied.

I have just struggled to complete the first season, and have heard that the show does improve, but am finding myself reluctant to watch the next.

Jul 13, 2014

On TV, I also initially gave up after 2 or 3 episodes. I couldn't accept Miller's wacky Sherlock and Liu's bland Watson. But when I persevered, I was pleasantly surprised. It's a dramedy duet: Lucy Liu's heart-broken straight "man" complementing Miller's eccentric but troubled genius.
And as an added bonus, the cases are quite intriguing.

May 13, 2014

This was a different approach...but I enjoyed it very much. I'm looking forward to the next season.

Apr 30, 2014

interesting twist on old story.

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